Charlotte carpet expert offers purchasing advice
Who we talked to
Mohammed Takali started his career in flooring in 1996 when he was hired by a district manager of New York Carpet World. "I thank him because I really enjoy the business," Takali says. He says he learned a lot about carpet and flooring working there, and started his own business in 2002. Today, his company does all types of residential flooring and employs eight people.
What should I look for to ensure I purchase lasting, high-quality carpet?
"First, you should check the fiber of the carpet - nylon is the best fiber. Then, you look for twist of the tuft, density and the pile. The more twist, the more the carpet will bounce and be less likely to crush or mat. A good carpet's density will start at 36 ounces per square yard. That's the amount of yarn used in one square yard, not including the backing. Pile is the texture. There are cut and loop carpets. Cut means the pile goes with you as you move your hand. Cut pile is the most popular you'll see. I tell people cut pile is like a short haircut on a man. Don't rely on one factor alone, you need to consider these things together.
"You also want to check out the warranty on the carpet. Does it have a warranty that includes anti-static, stain guard — some places even go further and give a 30-day guarantee if you don't like the color or look. The 30-day guarantee does not cover the cost of labor, just the carpet.
"A 6-pound pad is recommended, meaning the pad weighs 6 pounds in one cubic foot. Most manufacturers require a 6-pound pad to ensure the warranty. You can get an 8-pound pad for about a dollar more per square yard and if you're getting a cheaper carpet, you definitely want to get a higher quality pad.
"Also, make sure you really feel the carpet. It's the best way to know what you're getting. If you stick your thumb in the carpet and it sinks to the backing easily, you're not getting a very dense carpet. Any good carpet should last 10 to 15 years, but it also depends on your lifestyle and traffic. Expensive carpet not only lasts a long time but is much more beautiful and the style is very nice. You can see and feel the quality in a more expensive carpet. The fiber, design and manufacturer all contribute to the quality."